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Campus Development Updates

We are currently working to install our solar panels into the Avon Road Car Park, as part of our commitment to reach net-zero carbon targets. Working hours are Mon – Fri: 7am – 7pm and Sat: 8am to 1pm. Sun: no working. There may be some localised noise disruption until completion in November. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Dates of builds

Extreme Photonics Application Centre
Build completion target: Spring 2022

National Satellite Test Facility
Build completion target: Winter 2021

National Quantum Computing Centre
Build completion target: Spring 2023


Campus Development Programme

You will be aware that we are going through a period of significant change at the STFC RAL Campus. We are developing our campus in order to expand our scientific capabilities and attain our strategic vision to maximise the impact of our knowledge, skills and facilities for the benefit of the United Kingdom.

The expansion of our scientific facilities, through our development work, will secure our position as an outstanding scientific organisation, capable of producing world leading research, innovation and skills.

Through the provision of cutting edge science facilities, we can attract the best academic partnerships, support interdisciplinary research, foster industrial collaboration and economic growth, as we encourage business development in our exceptionally diverse scientific community.

STFC is working with a number of business partners and academic sponsors in order to successfully achieve our development objectives.

* Please note that due to the dynamic nature of this construction, planned work may deviate moderately from scheduled dates, but these plans (lookaheads) represent our current forecast of events. Please note that, in the event of adverse weather, planned operations may be subject to significant disruption or delay.

Current Build Updates


Extreme Photonics Application Centre

Please see attached our operational ‘lookahead’ for current detail on construction activity.

EPAC look ahead (PDF, 720 KB)

Scientific ambitions behind EPAC



National Test Satellite Facility

Please see attached our operational ‘lookahead’ for current detail on construction activity.

NSTF look ahead (PDF, 241 KB)

Scientific ambitions behind NSTF



National Quantum Computing Centre

Technological vision of the NQCC


Contact Details

If you have any comments or queries please contact our Estate Services Helpdesk on:

01235 446644

In the event of an immediate emergency, in connection with our development work, please call our: 24-hour emergency phone line: 01235 445545 (RAL Security).

Last updated: 27 September 2021


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